High Expectations and Digital Learning

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

Working with high expectations:
Tell students what to achieve and when to achieve it
Principle: The student does the thinking first
In the learning process:
Student autonomy +
Student status +
Successful student: inventive, pro-active
Who is responsible?

Work in couples!
I am convinced that all of you will be able in 30 minutes to:
- know how to pronounce: æ, ø, å
- be able to write æ in a correct way
- know and pronounce 10 words of items that are in the house
- count from 1 to 10 in Danish
- name 4 other things you could learn completely on your own using these resources.

resources: dk.fcsprint2.nl
Login: breaking
Password: barriers

Look at what this does to your:
- motivation
- autonomy
- energy
- mood

Worries in the beginning:
Isn't the menu to hard for our students

Danish feedback:

- she thinks it is great to be able to listen and read at the same time
- it makes her happy to make things correct in the end
- mistakes inspire her to go home and practice further

- individual study gives the student the opportunity to repeat as many times as necessary without delaying other students
-  "privacy" means confidence
- immediate response = reward -> motivation and increased pace

Traditional teaching:
Tell students what to do
In the learning process:
Student autonomy -
Student status -
Successfull students: obedient, do what the teacher tells you and you will be ok.
Who is responsible?

Traditional teaching - teacher is in the center. (S)he has access to the resources. (S)he decides what a student has to do. (read chapter 7, make the questions on page 17)
In dutch teacher is "docent" the verb is "doceren" which is literally: "give a certain amount".
Student autonomy -
Student status -

Working with High Expectations: Student has direct access to all the resources. No "giving the right amount at the right moment". The teacher says what students will achieve at what moment (and not how to do it)
Student autonomy +
Student status +

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Learning Without Borders

1. A good teacher gives his students the right material at the moment they are ready for it.

2. Literacy students are vulnerable and therefor we should not expect too much as teachers.
3. The goal of a teacher is to bring students to the area where they will make mistakes.
4. A good teacher gives students all the material they could need and gives students a choice.